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Homework Help: Diffraction With A Single Slit And A Lens.

  1. Dec 10, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Trying to find the number of diffraction maxima and the width of the whole pattern.
    [itex]\lambda = 500nm[/itex]
    [itex] b = 2.8μm[/itex] (Slit Width)
    [itex] f = 100mm[/itex]
    [itex] r = 25mm[/itex]
    [itex] L = 25mm[/itex] (Slit to Lens)

    2. Relevant equations

    I have the worked out the irradiance formula as:

    [tex] I(\theta)=I_0 sin^2(\beta)/(\beta^2)[/tex]

    The conditions for minima

    [tex] b sin\theta = m\lambda [/tex]

    Angular width of central fringe

    [tex] \Delta\theta \approx 2\lambda/b[/tex]

    Width of central fringe

    [tex] W \approx 2L\lambda/b [/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    As said I worked out the irradiance formula, and I think to find the width of the whole pattern you would do:

    [itex] (Fringe Width \times 2) + 1 [/itex]

    As then it accounts for the dark fringes as well, plus the one extra for the central.

    As for working out the number of maxima, I would guess it would involve the condition for a minimum as it contains the order of diffraction.

    What really throws me off though, is the lens, I'm not sure what that would do for the calculations.
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  3. Dec 16, 2012 #2
    Sorry to bump this, but does anybody have any idea?
  4. Dec 30, 2012 #3
    Going to be a pain and see if anyone can help me again?

    Can't get anywhere with this. :(
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